Hello! We are getting our new chicks in about 2 weeks and as first time owners could not be more excited. We like to be well researched, but I find there is almost TOO much information and I read different things in different places. We are raising them as pets, so want to make the biggest effort right off the bat to keep them safe, thriving and happy. Here are the questions I'm having trouble getting a bottom line on... 1: What should go on the bottom of my brooder for the first week? Some people say newspaper, some shavings, some shaving w/ a paper towel... I'm most concerned about the first week. After that I think we are good. 2: Do i need medicated starter or not? These chicks are coming from a private chicken owner who gave eggs to our science class. When do I give them grit? 3: Reading alot of ideas about handling. My kids (12 & 16yrs) will want to handle them as much as possible. Is this ok? Kissing is a no-no always, is that right? My twelve year old says she'll scrub her face regularly if she can give them a little kiss now and then on the head. Thanks in advance! We really appreciate it!